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Old 06-11-22, 02:39 PM
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@Classtime Put some duct tape on it and it'll be fine.
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Did 30 miles on the PA-10 but only expected to do half of that on THIS tire. The co-op had zero used 27 inch tires and I had no room in the budget for a new Kenda. I’ll be stuck at 35miles until I get a better tire.


“Tires hold air.”
That sucks but myself also I wouldn't ride that tire or wheel any farther. Maybe time to start looking for a donor bike even bottom end with decent wheels and tires.
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I DESPISE my replacement saddle - which has been sitting around for a few years, having come off the fixed-gear bike that I flipped about 4 years ago - but that's putting the cart before the horse.

Pulled into the greenway lot to see this interesting conveyance. One does not see many all-terrain e-quad-recumbents. The owner is a slightly older gent who has a prosthetic leg. I asked him if he built it himself (he did not, but I forgot the name of the company he mentioned. I will have to suggest this to my little brother in Portland who is waaaaay into e-bikes to rub it in).




Anyway, I had visions of riding from the usual trailhead to the far end of the greenway and back twice, and things got off to a smooth start. It was overcast and traffic was quite light for a weekend. I realized a couple miles in that changing seat positions often was going to be critical, as I could feel the saddle cutting circulation in my iliac arteries about 5 minutes in. Despite that, Bumblebee was a lot more fun to ride today. I muscled up four of the first five short hills on the route, pausing to capture the underside of the bridge that passes by Black Dog Salvage.



and the other direction. Not sure if this is art, or a sandbox, or an unused fire pit.



Shortly after this, I quite accidentally figured out how to get the bike to operate in 1st gear. I made it back to the car after the 1st circuit, took some water, stretched, and set off to attempt a second circuit. Just beyond the halfway point, it was clear that I would likely not have feeling in my legs for several days if I didn't head back - so I did. Still, I managed to log 20.39 miles, to push the total to 32.35. I am hoping to be able to get back out tomorrow, but unless my legs stop tingling, I may have to wait. In any event, the current saddle situation is untenable. Does anyone have a saddle they want to sell me? I have $2.91 left in the budget.

Post-ride, an even older gentleman on a newish Specialized who had parked beside me asked if Bumblebee was a 3-speed, and was reminiscing about the green, 3-speed "English Racer" he had gotten in 1953. (Evidently it wasn't a Raleigh). I didn't tell him that mine was older than that, but seeing it put a smile on his face, and when we went over to see if the gent with the all-terrain e-quad-recumbent needed any help putting it back in the bed of his truck, he was telling the recumbent rider that my bike was a 3-speed like the one he had, it nicely capped the day. Overall, it was a good day out, even if I still lack some feeling in my legs.

edit: Some days I'm slow, and on others, even slower. As I was pondering my saddle dilemma and taking stock of what is hiding in the saddle department, I came across the Ideale saddle that had come off the Hetchin's that I used to have. Now it might have been on the J A Holland that I had before that. In either case, I acquired the J A Holland for $185 (plus overseas shipping). I then agreed to a trade offer of it for the Hetchin's - which I sold the frame/fork/headset of for something like $850.00 - so in either case, it's a free saddle - and while I haven't gotten it to conform to me yet, it will not make my legs go numb, so tomorrow - on it goes.
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Old 06-12-22, 11:16 AM
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I've been super busy remodeling a bathroom and have not been able to wrench or ride. However before the bathroom I did a 42 mile ride on Paramount bring the miles up to 149. I also decided to rock the World, I did this because I wanted to compare the similarities and differences between.

I've had the World since the beginning of the lockdown. Both were frame only purchased. I tried to build period or as original as I could. Between the two the black is bigger than the orange. The orange has more flex really feels like a ground hugger. The black does have flex but it feels stiff compared. I would take the Shimano GS over the Suntour vGT, I would take the Shimano Arrow front derailleur over the Suntour ARS. The brakes are a wash the orang has Diacomp levers with 610 Weinman front and back on the orange. The red dot brake levers are great, the Diacomp levers were just fine. The shifters I prefer the Shimano over the ratchet on the black. I expected the Campy wheels on the Paramount to be better, they were not. The Shimano wheels are really fast.

I find that on he paramount the new kenda tires really really suck compared the original tires on the World. I felt like a slug on the Paramount with those tires, true slug, that is a Kenda slug that can gobble the miles in comfort. The tires really have me wondering, I'm thinking I'll do a wheel swop.

The Orange World frankly is a performer built at a time of when the Yen was low to the dollar.

Onto the Bottecchia, once again I need to resize a pinched seatpost clamp to 27.2. I had a minor disappointment with the bb, the cups are good but the spindle as a chunk. The headset rebuilt clean I found some Suzie black hub wheelset I more or less have parts to come together but brake levers are the weak link in the project.
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Got up to 88 east-coast degrees here today. New saddle is a huge improvement. Had to make a stop about a mile in to raise it a little, and as I was getting ready to dismount to attend to that, a whiff of the air told me someone nearby had some skunkweed. The fellow called attention to himself (crouched beside a building) announcing he was just taking a taste of something. When I stopped to adjust the seat, he went on ahead. Maybe a half mile down the greenway, I see him stopped with his bike upside down. His hands were completely black with grease, and he said he had a problem with his chain, but couldn't figure it out. I had it sorted for him in under a minute, and adjusted his rear quick release too. I went on my way with rather greasy fingers myself.

I'd only been out about 3 or 4 times this year before taking Bumblebee out, so while my circulation was fine, my legs were feeling the effects of yesterday's ride. This said, I did not have to walk up any of the short punchy climbs today. Stopped on the return direction to see what had become of what had been my LBS. I had seen on local news that they were co-locating with an adventure outfitter, so I went by to see. Sadly, that LBS is no more, and the "co-location" amounted to their stock being sold to the outfitter, and the LBS owner picking up a part-time wrenching gig there. That put a damper on the mood and I contemplated this while taking on a "small" ice cone.




Decided one circuit was best, but I wanted to see how fast I could get this old thing to go. With just over a mile to go, I hit a flat, open stretch with absolutely nobody else in sight. Strava said I topped out at 20,8 mph on semi-dead legs.

I wanted to point out my cheap, solution to my front brake dilemma. After going through my spare brakes, and realizing that all I had that would work was a center-pull, and then going through my 2 or 3 hangers, and realizing none of them would work, hit upon this idea. I had purchased a bag of 50 plastic adjusters for cheap a few years back and thought, "If I only had a place to set this"... After a trip to Ace with one of the adjusters and the lamp bracket, I found a perfect washer for 59 cents. Despite being a perfect size, it needed to not move around. I've been sorely disappointed with various "super glue" formulas before (including Gorilla Superglue). Well, let me tell you about one that works beyond my expectations. Loctite Super Glue Gel control went on exactly where I wanted it to go, and on went the washer. No less than 10 seconds later, I thought, "hmmm let me move this just a little farther away from the headset lock nut.' Too late. That washer was not moving.




And the "new" saddle. Will have to see it there's some way to replace the bag strap attachment points that were on the rear of this saddle when it left the factory. Even if I can't, this is a huge improvement over what was on it yesterday.




Today's mileage. 14.30
Total mileage 46.65 almost halfway there (over 3/4 had I chosen a metric frame)
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Imperial century challenge completed (on multiple rides) on the Jamis Quest, which I would put as a '98 or '99. It has been a spirited ride and has been fun to cruise around on as a commuter and on family rides. It has a longer reach than what I am used to, and the geometry was not my favorite for commuting in traffic. However, I've enjoyed the challenge and the old 700x23mm Vittoria tires held up remarkably well. It has taught me a lot:
  • It's amazing what a little cleaning and WD-40 can accomplish
  • While I would never run 23mm tires on my Bianchi Volpe (primary road bike), I might consider dropping down from 28mm to 25mm at some point
  • I love my Trek 7.2 FX for in town riding with traffic
  • I love my Bianchi for distance riding, and it is exceptionally comfortable
  • There are some screaming deals on Craigslist - especially if you're willing to get your hands dirty and work on shifters and derailleurs
I'll be keeping the Jamis and returning it to its original purpose - trainer bike in the basement. Tomorrow the Trek will return to commuter duty.

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Sorry, no pics this time, but managed 34 miles today after biking to the Sunset District. A bit of drizzle in the Bay Area wasn't enough to ruin the ride, and I'm glad I installed some fenders to keep my bike fairly clean.
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The true end of the Clunker Challenge ...

Having completed my 100 km (115.8 km, actually), I managed to complete the final stage of the Clunker Challenge - sending the bike on. I swapped out the Vetta saddle for the Avenir that came on the freebie Trek 820, then retrieved last year's Centurion LeMans and swapped out its 23 mm Continentals for the 25 mm IRCs. I removed the Look pedals and fitted its stock MKS platforms. I lowered the seatpost back down to a sane height. I cursed because as always the rear Continental was a tight enough fit that I punctured the tube. Finally, I took pix and posted it on FB Marketplace for $75 Sunday afternoon. Got a message about it today offering $60, grabbed it on a trip home to walk the dog, and there we go!

Final photos of Champagne Charlie - hopefully he has a good home now!



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I failed with my PA-10E.
There was a 10 dollar Univega with suspect tires downtown and I almost went for it. Instead I glued up a couple thread bare Sprinter Gatorskins on a mismatched wheel set, attached clips and straps, replaced the Ideal 80 with my old Brooks and went for a spirited ride.


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New Approach

Thought I would try something different. After disassembling the Fuji, I came across a single speed bike (charge) that had a few interesting tidbits. So my goal is to combine elements to make an interesting hybrid, especially the bullhorn bars and brakes.

Charge $35

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Bumblebee managed 13.41 miles today. The upwind leg was a challenge and the downwind (return) was glorious, though it was disconcerting to hear clicking whenever there was a lateral force applied to the front wheel. I had fears that the looseness of one or two of the unadjustable spokes was going to dictate that I retire from my efforts after 100k rather than 100 miles. Turned out the cone on the front hub just needed to be snugged up, so the show will go on. Once again, was hoping to do the route twice, but this time tiny cramps in my foot persuaded me that I would almost certainly have serious regrets were I to attempt it.

Today: 13.41 miles
Total: 60.06 miles
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As a follow up of the clunker bikes I built up this year the lowly Motive stone grinder is still going strong and will likely be the one that I will keep and ride. A bit of sleeper but the 4130 cro-mo frame with tange 1000 tempered fork rides really nice.



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JDawg needs advice for the silliness that is the Fuji DelRay...can I do something with a 52 cm when my usual size is 56.

Firstly, not a Fuji fan at all, but the workmanship on this lower end bike is pretty darn good.

Secondly, I thought the paint was metallic olive. Now it looks closer to anthracite with a touch of moss

Thirdly, I could have sworn the bike measured at 54 cm (which is where I was hoping it would be since it is smaller than my usual to make a straight bar job out of it).

Might need to factor in the cost of a longer seatpost at 26.8 than the Sugino that came with it. And a stem extension.



Polished up really nicely.

How to extend the seat tube...BB brazing is excellent.
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JDawg needs advice for the silliness that is the Fuji DelRay...can I do something with a 52 cm when my usual size is 56.
Any bike fits if you're determined enough.



You probably don't have room in the budget for a Technomic stem unless you get very lucky. Maybe Wald makes something you could find cheap. I have a 28.6x350 Ultracycle seatpost that I used as a hole filler when I painted my clunker. I'd offer it to you for the cost of shipping, but that might still blow your budget.

Basically, I think you're going to have to ride a non-fitting bike to make that work.
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I installed some bottle cages on the Centurion on Saturday in anticipation of a longer ride, but after I got them on there an unexpected rain blew in and stayed all afternoon. Here it is today in the sunshine.



Sadly, after riding McKenzie Pass yesterday I wasn't feeling up to much of a ride today. I had to take my daughter's car in for new tires, so I used the Centurion to get back home, another 2.8 miles, bringing me to 13.7 total. How long do I have to finish this challenge?

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You probably don't have room in the budget for a Technomic stem unless you get very lucky. Maybe Wald makes something you could find cheap. I have a 28.6x350 Ultracycle seatpost that I used as a hole filler when I painted my clunker. I'd offer it to you for the cost of shipping, but that might still blow your budget.

Basically, I think you're going to have to ride a non-fitting bike to make that work.
i think I might have a solution for a stem, which will be bullhorns I think, or straight bar.

The seatpost stash might turn up something.

i am definitely going to have to be strategic and creative here.

I have a pair of 27x1.25 tires I got for 15, so that means the rest has to be done under $43.
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Yet another day of underachievement. Rode the usual out and back, tolerating a constant small noise from the front hub on the outbound leg. Stopped to adjust the cone and it got worse. Stopped a couple more times to do the same and finally thought I had it back to how it was on the outbound leg. Alas, it just constantly grew worse and for the final three miles it sounded like there was a pitched battle between squirrels and chipmunks inside the front hub. Was prepared to do the double until this development, so a paltry 13.31 miles... overall 73.37 miles. Getting there.

Good news is that, with just a modest additional investment to replace the rear rim, do a front wheel, put on chunkier grips, use a proper 3-speed trigger and go with actual made-to-purpose fender mounting attachments, this will be a really sweet and enjoyable rider for more sedate journeys. I could picture myself taking it to Lake Pepin (a bucket list event that's prioritized after Cino and RAGBRAI). In 27 more miles (one or two more outings), I'll be able to start the upgrade wheel rolling.
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i think I might have a solution for a stem, which will be bullhorns I think, or straight bar.
I have freakish Technomic - super tall with short reach. I can’t imagine the proportions of the person it was designed for.

I’ll see if I can get a pic…
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I have freakish Technomic - super tall with short reach. I can’t imagine the proportions of the person it was designed for.

I’ll see if I can get a pic…
ironically, I had one up until 2 months ago when I told myself I would never
have a head tube long enough for it to be useful...





Good news is all components cleaned up nicely and the wheels are actually really nice. Just some trying and a cleaner freewheel. Probably Sanshin or Sunshine make.

Just an EV bath needed. One of my favorite cheap friction drivetrains in SunTour ARX. My nemesis designed Sugino RT (hate the wedge shaped chainrings).

DiaCompe 500 Gs should work well with a straight bar hand lever. If not, I doubt I will be going too fast...I live in the low country.

Shame I cannot use the too short Sugino post...I was going to bling up the flutes...
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Luck would have it, in the stash...



No clue how to valuate it since it came in a big box of junk. $5...$7... What say you all?
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jdawginsc ~230mm!! Reach is around 80mm. Let me know if it will do you any favors. It’s no doing any for me.
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Did 13 miles today, commuting to community college for summer courses. I was worried about the lack of a granny gear since my commute involves quite a bit of climbing but it really wasn't too bad when I kept the load light. 69 miles in and I have no major maladies to report on the TX700. I have noticed a bit of play in the front hub, but I plan on replacing the bearings once the Trek rolls 100 miles. Handling is really nice; despite loading up the handlebar bag the steering doesn't deteriorate. I'm beginning to understand why these sport-touring Treks are popular for 650b rando conversions.
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Today I made a most significant ride on my Centurion Clunker. I rode it to work! That may not sound especially significant, but this was the first time I've biked in to the office since March 5, 2020. I used to bike to work all the time. I also used to come in to the office all the time, but even coming into the office hasn't happened much over the past two years, I've only been allowed in the building for about six months. Something always seems to come up whenever I think I'm going to do it, and as usual things came up this morning but I finally decided enough is enough and I rode in anyway.

Here's the Centurion parked in the combination bike parking/smoking area. There are a couple of guys just off camera to the left taking a smoke break and wondering why I'm taking a picture of my bike.



I rode it back to the tire store yesterday to pick up the car I had previously reported dropping off. That brought me to 16.5 miles. Now switching to kilometers, which is how I've intended to measure my goal all along, I can add the 16.8 km from this morning's commute, bringing my total to 43.4 km. Depending on the route I choose to get home, I should finish the day just over 60 kilometers.
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jdawginsc ~230mm!! Reach is around 80mm. Let me know if it will do you any favors. It’s no doing any for me.
Thank you sir. I will let you know if I can use it under the budget. I am experimenting with a few other items, so it might be I circle back around.

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here's the centurion parked in the combination bike parking/smoking area. There are a couple of guys just off camera to the left taking a smoke break and wondering why i'm taking a non-drive side picture of my bike.


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